DeeDee wrote:In looking up the Safety Data Sheet on this particular detergent I find that it containes Benzene
As others have pointed out, benzene is a known carcinogen. I would treat it with the respect it deserves, e.g., only use it in a fume hood, wear gloves, and where necessary use a respirator.
It might also be of interest to many to know the actual name of this "popular" detergent.
As a side note, I spent 10 years working professionally as an auto mechanic. I've been out of that business for 8 years but still find that I'm particularly sensitive to the smell of gasoline and car exhaust. For example, if while driving I get stuck behind a car that's running too rich I have to close the windows and fresh air vents so I don't get gassed out. I have also had to avoid bicycling near busy roads. In addition, early in my career, before I religiously started wearing gloves, I developed a skin reaction to the solvents we used to clean parts. The sores on my hands began healing almost immediately after I started wearing gloves. It's amazing what a little protection from hazards will do (that's what I was referring to above when I stated treat it with respect).